One of the first lessons you learn in DC is to be prepared to head for the bar at 5 PM on Friday cause that is when all the bad news that makes your head want to explode appears. A couple of weeks ago Eli reported that DSCOVR (aka Triana, aka Goresat) was being readied for launch, with a new primary space weather mission required by NOAA, but carrying the Earth Observation instrumentation, Some of the bunnies were a mite cynical
Hank Roberts said... So it's got to be up to politicians -- today's politicians -- to decide if there's funding for a camera at L1, eh, not to mention the Dark Side Climatesat also needed.
You want to grab a politician by the scruff of the neck and drag him a quarter of a million miles out and say, “Look at that, you son of a bitch!”
— Edgar Mitchell, Apollo 14 astronaut, People magazine, 8 April 1974.
Anonymous said... The earth observation suite will almost certainly not fly.Now Eli never answers questions when he can ask people who actually know the answers, so he wrote a brief note to Alexander Marshak who is the Goddard SFC person leading the Earth Observation System part of the DSCOVR program
NASA can't spend money on the earth observation suite. NOAA most likely won't spend money on the earth observation suite (they have bigger problems right now).
Could you point me to an INTERNET resource or send me files about the current status of the Earth observation instruments on DSCOVR and plans for their operation.and received this curious reply
Thank you for your interest in the DSCOVR Earth science instruments. I was instructed by the project that all questions related to the status the Earth observation instruments on DSCOVR should be addressed to Mike Simpson who is the NOAA contact at GSFC.Well, like Eli said, Eli asks, so Eli wrote to Mike Simpson
Regards, A. Marshak
Greetings,and, after a prod, received this reply
Could you provide any information about the current status of the Earth observation instruments on DSCOVR and plans for their operation. URLs or informational files would be a great help
Dr, Rabett:The list of copy to's on the Email included
Thanks for your email regarding the status of DSCOVR. At this time, NOAA is not able to answer your questions, pending the outcome of the ongoing Congressional budget process. Once those issues have been resolved, we'll be in a better position to discussthe way forward on DSCOVR.
Regards, Michael Simpson
DSCOVR Program Manager
NESDIS OSDactions: The Office of Systems Development (OSD) conducts requirements definition studies; provides overall systems planning; performs conceptual and detailed engineering; arranges the development and manages the acquisition of major system elements (spacecraft, instruments, launch services, and ground systems); and coordinates the integration, installation, and acceptance of NOAA civil operational environmental satellite systems and several of the higher ups in the OSD and people in NOAA public affairs.
This is a NASA built satellite, but NOAA is the mission lead and responsible for operation. There appears to be a concern at NOAA about committing to the Earth Observation part of the mission and its costs.
The Rabett has been known to kick over a few hornet's nests, and this may be one. It is obviously a decision that NOAA and NASA want to keep in house. Shall we help them?